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On this page you will find newspaper articles and other announcements about Browns Corner Press publications!

I am thrilled to announce that I was interviewed by Judith Krummeck, a radio announcer on WBJC (91.5 FM) out of Baltimore, MD. The interview was about my most recent book, Talking Buddies. The four-minute interview is available here.

Judith’s blog about our interview was included in WBJC’s July E-Newsletter. The link can be found here.

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Thank you Judith, for giving me the opportunity to talk about Talking Buddies in the context of current events in our country.

I am happy to announce that links to my two YouTube videos are included in the Putnam Valley Elementary School’s weekly bulletin to parents. I conducted a two-day author visit at this school in October of 2019, so I am delighted that the students can connect with me again. A condensed version of Ms. Podesta’s weekly parent newsletter is below. The entire letter can be found on the Putnam Valley Elementary School’s website.


April 10, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

Recently, our Character Ed Committee worked with our PTA to provide a wonderful author visit by Dr. Carol Franks-Randall. This week, this published author was kind enough to send these read-aloud videos and activity links for all to enjoy. If you would like to watch these read-alouds with your children, you will see that the students may be very familiar with these stories, and their important central themes. Once again, I thank the PTA for purchasing a “Playground Heroes” book for each class in our school, and I thank this kind author for offering these videos.

Read Aloud links: Enjoy!




I hope that you are all able to enjoy a pleasant family holiday weekend, although probably smaller and quieter this year. Enjoy the nice spring weather, lots of good books and board games, and maybe some gardening and artwork. Most importantly, stay healthy, and contact us if you need anything.

You are doing a great job!
Ms. Podesta

Click here to read an article published in the Record Observer about Dr. Toughlove’s Read Aloud video!

I am pleased to announce that the first edition of “Dr. Toughlove’s Read Aloud” has been included in a newsletter for parents entitled FIVE Family Friendly Activities Newsletter Issue 2. This e-newsletter is published and distributed by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, which is based in Yorktown Heights, NY, and is shared with the 18 school districts in the BOCES region.


Click the link below to read an article about my latest book, Talking Buddies, published in the Record Observer on July 26, 2019.

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Here is an article that was included in the Eastern Shore Writers Association’s June 2019 Newsletter.ESWA logoESWA newsletter June 2019

Click the link below to read an article about my author visit at Sudlersville Elementary School. It appeared in the Record Observer on April 5, 2019. Great press for Sudlersville!

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Click the link below to read an article about my author visit at Church Hill Elementary School. It appeared in the Record Observer on October 27, 2018.

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This article about my author visit at Sudlersville Elementary School appeared in the Bay Times and Record Observer on June 20, 2018.


Here is a link to a newsletter authored by Dr. Samantha Sweeney of Culturally Competent Kids that reviews Playground Heroes, along with a number of interesting topics. Check it out!

Here is an article that was included in the Eastern Shore Writers Association’s July 2018 Newsletter.ESWA logo

Eastern Shore Writers Association newsletter July 2018

This post appeared on a website entitled Book Birdie Blog, written by Sarah Jordan. Check out her post about Jamal and Me here!


Read about my return to Walden School on March 23, 2018 for an Author Visit!

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great press